There have been rumors that Juan Uribe is looking for a three-year deal, but recent reports have suggested differently. Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has stated he has made a few offers to Uribe already. If the Dodgers’ need of a third basemen and Uribe is apparently looking for a one-year deal, what is the holdup between the two from coming to a contractual agreement?
Either Colletti isn’t being truthful, or Uribe is indeed looking for a long-term deal that the Dodgers just aren’t willing to give him. Los Angeles would be very smart to bring back Uribe on a short-term contract. The way he played last season should have been enough for the Dodgers to want to bring him back.
Sitting in the minor leagues for the Dodgers is a stud prospect named Corey Seager. Seager has the ability to play both shortstop and third base, but the fact that he is currently only 19-years-old tells me he that isn’t quite ready for the big leagues yet. Re-signing a player like Uribe could very well be the perfect stop-gap move for the Dodgers until Seager is ready to move to the big leagues to play either third or short, depending on where Hanley Ramirez chooses to play.
Whether or not the Dodgers want to re-sign Uribe, Colletti and company need to stop playing hardball with the veteran. If Los Angeles continues playing games regarding the future of their third base position, it may get to the point where the Dodgers are stuck choosing between a bunch of leftover free agents that no one wants.
If the Dodgers were okay with giving Brian Wilson $10 million to be a setup man for Kenley Jansen, then re-signing Uribe to a one-year deal shouldn’t be as hard as they are making it appear.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org